We’re excited to announce the release of .NET Core 2.1. It includes improvements to performance, to the runtime and tools. It also includes a new way to deploy tools as NuGet packages. We’ve added a new primitive type called Span<T> that operates on data without allocations. There are many other new APIs, focused on cryptography, compression, and Windows compatibility. It is the first release to support Alpine Linux and ARM32 chips. You can start updating existing projects to target .NET Core 2.1 today. The release is compatible with .NET Core 2.0, making updating easy.

ASP.NET Core 2.1 and Entity Framework Core 2.1 are also releasing today.

You can download and get started with .NET Core 2.1, on Windows, macOS, and Linux:

.NET Core 2.1 is supported by Visual Studio 15.7, Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio Code.

Docker images are available at microsoft/dotnet for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core.

The Build 2018 conference was earlier this month. We had several in-depth presentations on .NET Core. Check out Build 2018 sessions for .NET on Channel9.

You can see complete details of the release in the .NET Core 2.1 release notes. Related instructions, known issues, and workarounds are included in the releases notes. Please report any issues you find in the comments or at dotnet/core #1614

Thanks for everyone that contributed to .NET Core 2.1. You’ve helped make .NET Core a better product!

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